Hamilton Represents Austria and Norway at Model U.N.

Eleven Hamilton students participated in the McGill University Model United Nations Conference (MCMUN) January 28-31 in Montréal, Canada. The conference drew approximately 1,400 delegates Keynote speaker at the opening ceremony was Canadian Member of Parliament and McGill alumnus Justin Trudeau, who encouraged students to be politically involved in the world around them.

Students attending from Hamilton were Jamie Azdair ’13, Philippe Coleman ’12, Eve Denton ’12, Sam Doyon ’12, Allison Fried ’13, Maria Del Pilar Lozada '11, Brandon Moore ’12, Erich Romero ’12, Stephanie Shapiro ’12, Audrey Stano ’12, and Jordyn Taylor ‘12. They represented the delegations from Austria and Norway on a variety of committees including the Disarmament and International Security Committee, the 2020 Olympic Selection Committee, and the United Nations Security Council.

In preparing for the conference, Hamilton students conducted extensive research with the help of Government Professor Ted Lehmann, the MUN faculty advisor, in order to accurately portray Austria and Norway at the conference.

Students developed public speaking and writing skills while they acted as delegates of the United Nations, taking part in international negotiations and creating resolutions with other delegates for some of the world's most pressing issues. Debated topics included the militarization of outer space, overuse and exhaustion of fossil fuels, and malnutrition around the world.

Among the delegates of the more than 100 countries in the United Nations, there were also students representing prominent NGOs. These NGOs acted as advisors to the delegates to assist them in developing solutions to the problems at hand. The global issues that were discussed were pertinent and substantive; delegates are given the opportunity to face some of the serious challenges of international diplomacy, as well as the strengths and limitations of the UN organization.

Hamilton College Model United Nations has previously attended conferences at Yale University, McGill University, Harvard University, and in Washington D.C. Model United Nations is funded by Student Assembly, the Levitt Center, and the Office of the President.

Student author Sam Doyon '12 is a graduate of Merrimack Valley High School, Penacook, N.H.
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